Aliases for COMP Gene
External Ids for COMP Gene
Previous Symbols for COMP Gene
The protein encoded by this gene is a noncollagenous extracellular matrix (ECM) protein. It consists of five identical glycoprotein subunits, each with EGF-like and calcium-binding (thrombospondin-like) domains. Oligomerization results from formation of a five-stranded coiled coil and disulfides. Binding to other ECM proteins such as collagen appears to depend on divalent cations. Mutations can cause the osteochondrodysplasias pseudochondroplasia (PSACH) and multiple epiphyseal dysplasia (MED). [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for COMP Gene
COMP (Cartilage Oligomeric Matrix Protein) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with COMP include hemophilic arthropathy and relapsing polychondritis. Among its related pathways are PI3K-Akt signaling pathway and Focal adhesion. GO annotations related to this gene include calcium ion binding and extracellular matrix structural constituent. An important paralog of this gene is THBS4.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for COMP Gene
May play a role in the structural integrity of cartilage via its interaction with other extracellular matrix proteins such as the collagens and fibronectin. Can mediate the interaction of chondrocytes with the cartilage extracellular matrix through interaction with cell surface integrin receptors. Could play a role in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Potent suppressor of apoptosis in both primary chondrocytes and transformed cells. Suppresses apoptosis by blocking the activation of caspase-3 and by inducing the IAP family of survival proteins (BIRC3, BIRC2, BIRC5 and XIAP). Essential for maintaining a vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) contractile/differentiated phenotype under physiological and pathological stimuli. Maintains this phenotype of VSMCs by interacting with ITGA7 (By similarity).